Career development and training
King's College London has a strong commitment to organisation development and offers staff a range of opportunities for professional learning.
The Organisation Development team offer in-house and bespoke training and development to help staff develop their work-related skills and knowledge. The team also provide career management and career development advice and opportunities for staff to challenge, develop and grow in their careers.
King's has been a member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2007 and gained its Bronze institutional award in 2008. The university's Bronze award was renewed in September 2013 for a further three years. Athena SWAN is a Charter which recognises excellence in an institution's commitment to gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) subjects.
The English Language Centre and the Modern Language Centre at King's also offer discounted and/or free language courses.
King’s Academy provides staff at every stage of their career with a full range of free programs, discounted courses and seminars designed to increase their knowledge and skills, and suit their individual career goals and motivations.
At King's, we endeavour to support researchers in all aspects of their research and at all stages of their careers. For example, the Research Development Programme provides training and development opportunities for research staff, and the Springboard Women's Development Programme is an award winning international programme that supports women researchers at King's in developing their careers.
King's is proud to have worldwide partnerships with leading, like-minded institutions across the globe. The partnerships include staff exchanges, joint research, and high-profile workshops and conferences which further our strategic vision to encourage progressive research, facilitate knowledge transfer, and elevate learning.
Further details of our career development and training benefits are outlined as below. Existing staff should visit the internal pages for comprehensive information on all benefits.
Academic Study and Research Leave
Associateship of King's College
King's regards it as important to encourage academic staff to seek opportunities to refresh and develop their knowledge, skills and thinking in contributing to the advancement of their subject and the objects and interests of King's as a place of learning.
King's offers the opportunity for eligible staff to apply for leave of absence for approved academic purposes. Such academic study and research leave may be paid or unpaid, may be for short or extended periods of time, and may include secondments to other institutions.
Awards for Excellence in Teaching
The Associateship of King's College (AKC) course provides an opportunity to think about fundamental questions of theology, philosophy and ethics in a contemporary context. The AKC is the original award of the university, being first granted in 1835, and is unique to King's. If you enrol and complete the course you will be eligible for election as an Associate of King's College and, when elected, can use the letters AKC after your name.
Employee Assistance Programme
Awards are given to teaching staff who are recognised for their excellence in teaching, with one award of £1,000 being made annually to one member of academic staff or to a group of academic staff from each of the university's nine Faculties.
The Employee Assistance Programme provides independent, free, confidential advice and guidance on a range of practical issues for staff on both home and work concerns, such as family matters, debt management, relationships, well-being, personal development, and life events.
This program also provides advice to managers with regards to their management role, for example, work-life balance, recognising and finding support for troubled staff, and discussing difficult subjects.
King's is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society. A large number of events are held throughout the year by our departments on a wide range of subjects. Many speakers are at the forefront of their fields.
King's Worldwide and Partnerships
King’s Academy offers a range of professional development opportunities tailored to the learning needs of early career researchers undertaking teaching for the first time as well as the development of more experienced academic staff and clinical educators.
International funding opportunities enable staff to spend time at selected international partner institutions. Opportunities are available for our staff to travel internationally and contribute to our growing international outlook. Please visit the King's Worldwide page for further information.
The English Language Centre offers courses for King's staff who would like to improve their academic language skills. These cover topics such as academic grammar; academic vocabulary; maintaining an appropriate academic style; text structure; and pronunciation skills.
The Modern Language Centre offers a programme of courses in a wide variety of languages for adult learners and professionals, including King's staff. Specialist courses and tailor-made tuition can also be provided.
The Language Resources Centre (LRC) provides a friendly learning environment for staff to engage in independent language learning. The LRC offers a wide variety of resources and multilingual learning advisors who are always on hand to help staff make the most of the facilities available.
King's libraries situated across all campuses, provide access to a significant range of print and electronic information resources and IT services.
The King's collection encompasses over 1.25 million books, thousands of ebooks, scholarly journals and ejournals, and hundreds of databases to help staff find articles and information for their research. Staff also have a premium subscription to FT.com, PressDisplay, Nexis UK, and several newspaper archives (Guardian, Observer, Economist, Times, UKPressOnline, Spectator, New Statesman), and for current market intelligence, Euromonitor Passport.
Library Search is a service that enables staff to simultaneously search across both print and electronic collections.
Information Specialists provide tailored subject support and offer training courses in information skills and bibliographic software.
Archives and Special Collections hold a unique, internationally significant and continually expanding range of archival and printed sources.
King's also participate in a number of schemes allowing access to the collections of other libraries on a regional and national basis, such as access to the facilities of the British Library and Senate House Library.
King's has a strong commitment to organisation development, so staff can perform their jobs effectively and are provided with opportunities for further development. The university expectations encourage managers to ensure staff have regular performance discussions.
Research Development Programme
Professional networks are groups of people at King’s with similar roles or areas of expertise, who work together across the university and contribute to helping King's provide highly effective professional services in support of King’s academic ambitions.
Some of the benefits of professional networks include enabling better collaboration; sharing of best practice; enabling process improvements; helping King's deploy resources more effectively; and improving career prospects of all involved.
Full details about professional networks can be read in the Professional Services groups and meetings internal webpages.
King's is committed to retaining and improving its status as a world class research based Higher Education institution and as such aims to develop a full range of research development programmes for staff in order to produce well qualified, employable and experienced researchers.
Springboard Women's Development Programme
King’s IT subscribes to the Microsoft Enrolment for Education Solutions agreement which means that core Microsoft Office products are available for distribution to all university staff for work related purposes, at the university or at home.
Through our agreement with Microsoft, Office 365 ProPlus is available to all King’s staff for their personal use whilst working at King’s. The agreement enables the use of the full MS Office 365 productivity suite with access to five licences for Windows PC, five for Apple Mac and five for mobile devices (Apple and Android), all free of charge.
The applications included in Office 365 ProPlus include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote, InfoPath, Skype for Business and OneDrive for Business.
At King's we offer the award winning international Women’s Development Programme called Springboard, which is designed to enable women to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps they want to take to develop their careers.
The Diversity & Inclusion Team helps to facilitate staff networks that provide support to staff with particular protected characteristics. Two important staff networks, to share experiences are:
- King's Diversity Community and
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) network